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Report calls for new legislation for press

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

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LORD Justice Leveson has called for legislation to underpin a "genuinely independent and effective system of self- regulation" for the press.

In his report on press standards and ethics, he said legislation would provide "an independent process to recognise the new self-regulatory body and reassure the public that the basic requirements of independence and effectiveness were met".

The judge said the press had ignored its own code of conduct in a way that had "wreaked havoc with the lives of innocent people" on far too many occasions.

He said there had been a "recklessness in prioritising sensational stories".

And he said politicians of all parties had developed "too close a relationship with the press in a way which has not been in the public interest".

His findings were based on months of dramatic evidence from victims, media figures, including former Evening Post editor Spencer Feeney, politicians and the police.

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  • gengis  |  December 01 2012, 12:02AM

    "The last Labour party caused all this... " You are wrong, this has been going on far longer than when labour came into power in 1997. It stretches back over many decades I dont think anybody in their right mind would want Blair or Brown back in power - although, compared to the bunch of incompetent buffoons in control now Blairs regime seemed positively sparkling.

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  • williamwaun  |  November 30 2012, 11:34PM

    People forget Tony Blair jumped into bed with the press. People blame this Government but who called for the investigation's it was this Government. The last Labour party caused all this and now are shouting. The people who support Labour must be so stupid. But maybe the people of Wales want Tony blair and Gordon brown to still be in power. Bet they are not worried about the country now, they have made millions out of you voters.

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 30 2012, 11:29PM

    Looks like Cameron has dug himself into yet another big hole, he doesn't really seem to learn lol

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  • Portal_Bot  |  November 30 2012, 9:17PM

    sochat wurr libdum wurr

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  • sochat  |  November 30 2012, 6:18PM

    Westlangdon You bitter old socialist,you should have worked harder in your life time.

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  • weslangdon  |  November 30 2012, 5:34PM

    We don't have a free press; the whole rotten lot are owned by half a dozen millionaires, when they talk about a free press it's all about their freedom to print lies, distortions and bias

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  • Dr_Conker  |  November 30 2012, 2:29PM

    £6 million for a report and the Prime minister in his infinite wisdom decides its rubbish. What a plonka

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 30 2012, 11:52AM

    Lets be honest the press only have themselves to blame. I'm all for freedom, but with this freedom comes responsibility. I also think Cameron's actions yesterday is very disappointing. Mind u i think we're all beginning to expect this sort of thing from our PM

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  • weslangdon  |  November 30 2012, 11:44AM

    The Murdoch Press have been spinning against this for the last week...hey presto "Dave" says no, but its coming whether the press barons like it or not.

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  • Sandson  |  November 30 2012, 10:57AM

    Leveson described the Press Complaints Commission as unfit for purpose. Um..wasn't the former Evening Post editor mentioned also a PCC member?

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